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Unit Overview


This unit develops a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques for urban and regional analysis, emphasizing international and transnational opportunities and pressures impinging regional development. This includes advanced methods for understanding local economic systems, which are responding to global markets, and how these systems interface with the environment, society, land use, and policy. Specific training is provided in urban and regional modelling, social and economic indicators, environmental profiling, and advanced policy analysis. There will be a field trip to Western Australian regional towns to give students a greater sense of the social, economic and environmental challenges facing and opportunities of non-metropolitan towns against a backdrop of global influences and pressures.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical perspectives underlying urban and regional analytical techniques in class discussions and written submissions.; (2) understand the strengths and limitations of different urban and regional analytical techniques.; (3) select and utilise appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods in the analysis of urban and regional systems; and (4) show an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities of local regions within the global and international context.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) reading logs; (2) practical workbook; and (3) consultancy report (with written and oral component). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kirsten Martinus
Unit rules
enrolment in
Master of Curriculum Studies (32510)
or Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Studies (32310)
or Master of Environmental Science (72530)
or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560)
or Master of International Development (71550)
or Master of Geographic Information Science (71570)
or enrolment in
Master of Environmental Planning (13550)
or enrolment in
honours in the Faculty of Science and students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) must have completed 24 points.
All of the following Unit(s) PLNG5411 Urban and Regional Analysis
Contact hours
40 (teaching blocks: 12 x 2 hours 45 minutes
field trip: 1 x 7 hours)
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.